Russia has intensified attacks against the critical infrastructure in Ukraine as revenge for Ukraine’s counteroffensive successes and escalation of terror targeting Ukrainian civilians aimed to sow panic and decrease the morale of the Ukrainian society. Russia not only regularly conducts missile strikes on the infrastructure facilities but also plans large-scale cyberattacks on the critical infrastructure of Ukraine and its allies, according to Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence.
It is the energy infrastructure that is under special threat from further Russian attacks, as the aggressor will not miss the chance at attempting to aggravate the situation right before the heating season. A series of Russian missile attacks have already dispelled doubts (if there could even be any) that Russia strives to leave millions of Ukrainians without electricity, water and heat.
Despite the dozens of Ukrainian TPPs and HPPs, hundreds of kilometers of power lines, and hundreds of transformer substations damaged or destroyed, the Ukrainian energy system, which is considered one of the most reliable and safe energy supply systems in Europe, continues operation. The resilience of Ukraine’s energy system is confirmed by the fact that the amount of possible export to the countries of Eastern Europe steadily grows in spite of all the challenges, and there is a strong potential for further development of cooperation with the EU.
- Vasyl Shevchenko, former acting minister of infrastructure of Ukraine
- Gennady Ryabtsev, energy expert and special projects director at science and technology center “Psychea”
- Volodymyr Omelchenko, director for energy programs at Razumkov Center
- Andriy Andrusevych, senior analyst, Resource and Analysis Center “Society and Environment”
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